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Daily Inspiration: Meet Maxwell Sessions

Today we’d like to introduce you to Maxwell Sessions.

Alright, thank you for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started? Hello! I’m Maxwell Sessions, and the journey that led me to become a full-time musician based out of Draper Utah all started with a forest green pawn shop guitar. That ugly green guitar ended up changing my life’s path forever. I would feel remorse if I didn’t take this opportunity to thank my parents for buying me my first ugly guitar!

I didn’t play the green guitar much at first because I had no idea what I was doing. I did however discover that if I laid my check on the side of it when I strummed, the vibrations of the instrument had a cathartic effect on me. This method of self-soothing quickly became a habit that I still currently practice. I turn to a guitar’s vibrations if I’m ever feeling overwhelmed, discouraged, or even lonely.

I started to grow quite fond of my green guitar over the years. I remember I ended up painting some palm trees on the front of it to make it easier to look at. I felt like a true rockstar when I realized how much music could be played with the simple combination of the G, C, and D chords. I started playing that guitar so much that the painted palm trees began to fade. My journey naturally progressed to writing original songs. The first song I ever wrote was about how much I loved fishing in a pond near our Chicagoland family home. My fishing song was and is still a horrible song,  but we all have to start somewhere. Playing guitar and singing the songs I love has really helped me get through so much over the years.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?

I’ve never met someone that has had a freshly paved road in life. I know my path has had its twists and turns, along with a few potholes. In the blink of an eye, I found myself in my late 30’s, the father of two amazing boys Rocky and Maverick, with a career as a franchise consultant.  Earlier this year I started contemplating what would happen if I gave my passion for music the same focus and energy as my day job.  So about 4 months ago, I decided to do something about it. I walked away from everything, with the exception of fatherhood, to chase my dream of becoming a full-time musician. Since taking my leap of faith, It’s felt like the universe has been throwing everything it possibly can at me to see if I really want to make this work. Despite the sacrifices and challenges I have faced, I’m pleased to say that it’s going fantastic! I’ve never been happier with my life’s path than I am right now!

I learned that I really love creating opportunities for other musicians to perform as well. In partnership with local brewing company Shades Brewery, I now host their weekly live music night downtown on Tuesdays from 7pm to midnight. Watching other musicians perform at Shades on State has become an important part of my inspiration and drive as a full-time musician.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do? My family heritage hails from eastern France. Between the 11th and 13th centuries, there were French poets that would travel from town to town performing their poetry set to music. These musical poets were given the name of Troubadours. I have always tried to write music that has something of value to say which is why I identify as a latter-day Troubadour!

My first studio album which was released on all major streaming platforms in the fall of 2020, was entitled “For You”. Each song on that album was written for someone I love with a message especially for them.  The album covered themes like being your authentic self, depression, and dealing with past trauma. Over the past two years I have been hard at work on my upcoming album entitled “For Me” which contains songs with messages I feel are core to who I am.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I don’t really believe in luck. I guess I should say, I don’t really rely on luck. I choose to focus on what I can control rather than what I can’t. I decided long ago that I would no longer define myself by what I couldn’t do but rather on what I can do.

It has been my experience that the best way of creating “luck” is to help others along their path. Music is all about connection with others! If you’re only focused on your own “good or bad luck” you have missed the whole point.

The number one thing I keep reminding myself is that someone isn’t going to just deliver my dreams to me. It’s my responsibility to make them happen. I try to do daily self-affirmations with my cheek firmly pressed against my guitar. I constantly remind myself that my lyrics and melodies are much more important than the bumps in the road.

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